Striped Bass Charter: The Men From Lowell

The Men from Lowell enjoyed a great day of striped bass fishing aboard Tuna Hunter Fishing Charters.  Congrats on some fine fishing.

he Men from Lowell on Tuna Hunter Fishing Charters

Striped bass off of Cape Ann are enjoying a summer blitz of pogies – more bait than we have seen in years.  Makes for fat stripers, hitting at livies.

To join us, email captain@tunahunter.com, or use our Reservations page.

Good fishing!

 

Tuna Hunter Spring Haddock Fishing

Haddock Fishing aboard Tuna Hunter Fishing Charters

Tuna Hunter Fishing Haddock Charters

Spring haddock fishing is underway – anglers are pulling in plenty of haddock and even a halibut here and there. Tuna Hunter is now fishing every day, heading to favorite bottom fishing spots on Stellwagen Bank and Jeffreys Ledge.

Striped Bass are migrating into Cape Ann waters now – there are schoolies in the rivers, and sizeable stripers follow them up the coast. Striped bass fishing charters will be in full swing by Memorial Day.

And don’t forget that bluefin tuna season opens June 1st. Tuna Hunter is ready to go. There are plenty of sand eels and other bait on the fishing grounds ~ lief abounds, which bodes well for great early season giant bluefin tuna fishing.

Call us at 978-407-1351 or email captain@tunahunter.com to join us for spring or summer fishing charters. You just cannot beat a fine day on the water ~ Good fishing to you!

 

Tuna Fishing June 1 Opening Day Shared Charter

Bluefin tuna season opens June 1st  ~ Join us on June 1st for an opening day shared bluefin tuna charter.  3 spots open.

Other shared openings:  July 12 0r 13 (2), August 19 (1)            Call 978-546-7992 or captain@tunahunter.com to join.

Let’s open the season with a giant bluefin splash!

850lb giant bluefin on Tuna Hunter Fishing Charters

It’s Haddock Time ~ Gloucester Haddock Chaters in full swing

It’s Haddock Time!  Congrats to Paul and Anotoli on a fine day of haddock fishing aboard Tuna Hunter Fishing Charters

Plenty of haddock out there to keep everyone reeling and bring home tasty haddock for dinner.

        Call 978-407-1351  or captain@tunahunter.com to reserve your charter.

Haddock time for Paul and Anotoli on Tuna Hunter

 

 

 

Almost Here ~ Spring and Spring Fishing!

Never mind the snow – Spring is here!  That means spring haddock fishing is right around the corner.

 Tuna Hunter  opens the 2016 fishing season wit hhaddock fishing starting May 1st.

We are hard at work now spiffing up Tuna Hunter for the coming season. We look forward to being on the water hauling in haddock.

Pineapple Gang Tuna Hunter Haddock Fishing

As of May 1st Tuna Hunter is fishing every day – for haddock, pollock, cusk. As soon as the striped bass migrate in inlate May, we will be running striped bass charters.  As of June 1st we can start  bluefin tuna fishing charters.

 Call us at 978-407-1351 to reserve your fishing charter – Spring is much more fun on the fishing grounds!

 

Pineapple Gang – Haddock and Pollock, and Cusk and Sharks Oh My!

The Pineapple Gang joined Tuna Hunter  for their annual fishing trip – with no cod this year there was plenty of action anyways, landing haddock, cusk, sharks and of course there is always pineapple

We love these guys! Great fishermen all, and tons of fun to have aboard.

Besides, they are the best-dressed charter anywhere!

Pineapple Gang Tuna Hunter Haddock Fishing

Tuna Hunter is fishing every day – for haddock, pollock, cusk, sharks, and of course bluefin tuna.

Striped bass and bluefish inshore.  Call us at 978-407-1351 to reserve your fishing charter – its much cooler out on the fishing grounds!

 

NOAA Fisheries Seeks Comments on Recreational Groundfish Measures

Today NOAA FIsheries also opened a comment period for recreational cod and haddock fishing policies:

NOAA Fisheries Seeks Comments on Groundfish Recreational Measures by June 1, 2015.

Today, NOAA Fisheries published an interim final rule for the Northeast recreational groundfish fishery. This rule implements a reduction to the minimum size (now 17 inches) and a bag limit of 3 fish per person per day for Gulf of Maine haddock taken in the recreational fishery. 

 

This interim rule is necessary to ensure that the recreational catch of haddock and recreational bycatch of cod will not exceed the annual catch limits for the recreational fishery in fishing year 2015. 

 

This rule should reduce discards of cod and haddock by allowing anglers to retain smaller haddock so that they reach their bag limit more quickly.   

 

Read the complete rule as published in the Federal Register, and submit your comments through the Federal Rulemaking ePortal. Or, submit your comments via mail to:

 

John K. Bullard, Regional Administrator

National Marine Fisheries Service

55 Great Republic Drive

Gloucester, MA 01930 

 

Mark the outside of the envelope, ”Comments on the fishing year 2015 Haddock Recreational Measures.” 

The comment period closes on June 1, 2015.

 

Questions? Contact Mark Grant, Regional Office, at 978-281-9145 or email Mark.Grant@noaa.gov.
 
 
We at Tuna Hunter Fishing Charters encourage you to submit comments – we are not heard unless we all speak up for our share of the cod and haddock fisheries.

2015 Recreational Haddock Rules

As of May 1, the recreational haddock rules covering Tuna Hunter and all charter vessels in MA fishing in the Gulf of Maine (the aters off the MA coast north of Cape Cod)  are:

  • 3 haddock per person
  • 21 inch minimum

This is from the latest notice from the MA Division of Marine Fisheries.  Read the full notice here.

MA DMF Broadcast header log

From that notice note:

  • A dual-permitted (state and federal) for-hire vessel fishing in state or federal waters and landing in Massachusetts is bound by a combination of the most restrictive rules: 3 fish and 21” minimum size. The vessel cannot catch or possess GOM haddock from state or federal waters during March, April, September, and October.

and

  • A private recreational angler fishing entirely or in part in federal waters and landing in Massachusetts is bound by a combination of the most restrictive rules: 3 fish and 21” minimum size. The angler cannot catch or possess GOM haddock from federal waters during March, April, September, and October.

The MA Division of MarineFisheries (MA DMF)  is currently accepting public comment and will be holding a public hearing on Thursday, May 28 on changing the state GOM haddock recreational rules. For more information on how to submit comment or the timing of the public hearing, refer this MA DMF Advisory.      

Bottom line: 3 haddock per person. Unlimited pollock.  unitl further notice. 

With warm weather in site, we look forward to being out on the water, enjoying the sunshine, pulling in tasty haddock.

Call us at 978-407-1351 for the latest fishing charter openings.  God fishing to all.

Wicked Tuna Boys Land Giant Bluefin Tuna aboard Tuna Hunter

The Wicked Tuna Boys had an awesome bluefin tuna charter aboard Tuna Hunter Fishing Charters.

While they are all avid Wicked Tuna fans, they will agree that nothing compares to being there in person to hear the reel scream, feel the power of the fish through the rod, battle fist to reel to angle the fish in crank by crank, see the harpoon shot, and finally pull your bluefin through the fish door.

It doesn’t get any better than this – memories of a lifetime for young crew, the fathers and for Tuna Hunter.

Tuna Hunter is already booking for next year. Consider a Gift Certificate in any denomination for the Wicked Tuna fan on your list. Call us at 978-407-1351 or 978-546-7992, or email captain@tunahunter.com for more details.

Good fishing to all, and to all a good bite!

Bluefin Tuna Madness is On! Fat Boy by Jeff and Jack

If you have not heard, October Bluefin Madness has struck – bluefin tuna arrived off Gloucester in numbers not seen in years, following awesome schools of herring like we have not seen in years.

Of course Tuna Hunter was there, as Captain Gary is “tuna hunter” in every sense of the word.  Tuna Hunter will be Bluefin Tuna Fishing every day, weather permitting, through November.  

600lb Gloucester Bluefin Tuna on Tuna Hunter Fishing Charters

This 600lb fat boy was landed by the awesome crew of Jeff (“English”) and Jack (Special K) a crew we are honored to have aboard.

Call 978-407-1351 or email captain@tunahunter.com to join us for this late season bluefin tuna fishing madness.  Good fishing to all!